User Review: Bota of Boulder Outback Water Filtration System (24 oz)
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $19
Seven years and untold replacement filters later, the plastic fold-over cap/cover finally broke and most of the brand graphics on the outside have worn off. That, of course, doesn't have any effect on the filter's functioning. For the last four years it's been my only filter I carry when it's just one-three people on a trip and still ABSOLUTELY satisfied. Filters are getting hard to find.
Bota of Boulder went out of business some time last year, but I've found I can still get replacement filters from "gofastandlight.com". Thank God!!! I'd hate to be without this filter!!!
- Light weight
- Did I mention it works?
- Gonna need more time with it
I've been using this filter as my primary drinking water filter for over three years now and have recommended it to every single person I've hiked with since the first use. (I carry a separate sediment filter for the water I cook with and Micro-Pur tabs as back-up and for my hydration bladder and camp water bag. Overkill? Ya, but a lot of my hiking is done with Boy Scouts who tend towards forgetfullness.)
When on any hike, whether it be a day hike or a through-hike, it's so nice to be able to just squat down at any water source, fill up and drink my fill. It sure saves on use of the "emergency water" in my hydration bladder.
As mentioned above, I've recommended this filter to EVERYONE and many have taken the advice. Some, unable to find the Bota, have ordered other water bottle filters and have been disappointed. Neither the Katadyn or Eddie Bauer models have initially or are able to maintain the flow rate of the Bota. It's almost comical at times watching frustrated friends struggling with their water bottle filters, squeezing with all of their might until their knuckles turn white and their forearms cramp in an effort to barely more than wet their lips while I have no trouble whatsoever draining my Bota in long full gulps. That Katadyn bottle ended up in the trash can at the end of the first trip it was used on along with the extra filter that was tried in an effort to get some water flowing and the Eddie Bauer bottle now serves as the owner's kid's toy (sans filter).
Yes, the Bota does eventually slow down, but it definitely goes through more than 20 gallons before that happens and the second it shows any perceptible slowing in the flow rate, I change the filter. After over three years and about five replacement filters I still can't say enough good about this filter. And I'd bet that the four or five backpacking buddies and dozen or so Scouts that now have them after seeing mine would tell you the same.